Before heading out on her New Year’s Eve plans, the singer posted a casual TikTok video of herself dancing to Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” with the caption, “Quick check we’re birthday groovin.” (Goulding’s 36th birthday was actually a day earlier, on December 30.)
However, one follower tried to stir up trouble in the comments section of the blistering post by writing, “can’t believe you cheated on niall but kill fr.” But Goulding was having none of it, promptly replying: “False!!!! But also killing.”
The accusation goes back almost a decade, when it Halcyon days The singer was spotted holding hands with Sheeran in the audience at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards just a week after a British tabloid claimed she packed on the PDA with Horan during an outing to England’s V Festival.
At the time, Goulding insisted she and Sheeran were just friends, tweeting: “I love that holding hands with my friends means we’re an item. If so, I’m in many relationships. Don’t love one hate. #what the f—.” But the “Shape of You” crooner said otherwise in a radio interview a month after the VMAs. “I mean, normal people don’t hold hands if they’re just friends,” he said. “It was happening. And now it’s not.”
The gossip fire was further stoked the next year when Sheeran released “Don’t” as the second single from his 2014 album x. On the track, he talks about an on-and-off relationship with a fellow singer that ends in infidelity, and another British outlet printed that the song was about Goulding. (Sheeran later recounted Weekly entertainment he “never actually confirmed” who “Don’t” was written about and forced the paper to take the story down.)
In a 2015 profile for Elle UKGoulding maintained that she and Sheeran were never an item, saying: “I went on a few dates with Niall but I was never in a relationship with Ed. I have absolutely no idea where that came from and why it became turned into such a big thing.”
Today, Sheeran brings in millions on his global Math trip while Goulding recently took the stage at 2022 Earthshot Awards during Prince William and Kate Middleton’s December trip to Boston. For his part, Horan is taking his freshman spin in the giant red chairs The voice when the competition series’ 23rd season premieres in March.
Watch Goulding’s final words on the Sheeran/Horan rumors below.